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Inter's Balotelli lets fly at racist Chievo fans

6 January 2010 18:00

ROME (AFP) - Italian striker Mario Balotelli on Wednesday hit out at supporters of Chievo after suffering yet another barrage of racist insults while playing for his club, Inter Milan.

Balotelli, born in Palermo but of Ghanaian heritage, scored the only goal of the game in the 12th minute to send Inter 11 points clear of closest rivals AC Milan as Serie A resumed after a short winter break.

However his joy was tinged with racist chants and jeering that left the 19-year-old striking sensation "more and more disgusted" with Chievo, who are based in Verona - the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

His outburst was all the more poignant as the Italian, who is regularly subjected to such behaviour, usually refrains from hitting back.

"I just want to say one thing. Every time I come to Verona I realise that the supporters disgust me more and more. It's completely unacceptable," he told Sky Sports.

Inter coach Jose Mourinho tried to play down the incident.

"Verona is a magnificent town. The club is held in high esteem ... and if something kicks off in the stands it doesn't change all that," said the Portuguese.

"Let's not get too carried away by it. I also heard a few unsavoury things about myself, but I just ignore it."

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Competition
Serie A
Date
6 January 2010
Game week
18
Kick-off
12:30
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
12' M. Balotelli
 (assist by W. Sneijder)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
12
6
2 70'
4
13 90+3'
26 5'
10
14 40'
22
27
45 12' 34'
Coach: José Mourinho

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
22
6
11
2
18
19
21
# Player Bookings
23
7 77'
89
1
28
29
48

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 25 +36 63
2 25 +32 56
3 25 +33 54
4 25 +16 48
5 25 +14 48
6 25 +15 47
7 25 +7 44
8 25 +7 40
9 25 +6 35
10 25 -1 34
11 25 -8 32
12 25 -6 30
13 25 -6 29
14 25 -18 28
15 25 -15 27
16 25 -13 25
17 25 -20 22
18 25 -28 14
19 25 -23 13
20 25 -28 12

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